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The Dissident - Deschutes Brewery

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BA SCORE
93
outstanding

955 Ratings
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Ratings: 955
Reviews: 425
rAvg: 4.2
pDev: 10.71%
Wants: 893
Gots: 428 | FT: 31
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Oregon, United States

Style | ABV
Flanders Oud Bruin |  11.40% ABV

Availability: Rotating

Notes/Commercial Description:
Flanders style sour brown brewed with dark candi sugar and Oregon Montmorency cherries, aged in Pinot Noir barrels.

30 IBU

First release (9.0% ABV) - August 2008
Second release (10.5% ABV) - November 2010 (~118bbl)
Third release (11.4% ABV) - October 2012

(Beer added by: MisterClean on 08-19-2008)
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Rutager

British Columbia (Canada)

4.1/5  rDev -2.4%

'12 bottle from my father in law. Is it fair to review this before the "best after" date? Oh well...
Reviewed 12/25/12. Drank this one after the Christmas morning mayhem. Santa deserved it, even though it was only 10am.

Appearance. Pours a hazy amber-brown with a slight pink tint and a thin, off-white head.

Smell. Cherries and plenty of funky old dank wood. Just a little booze and a very faint whiff of sweet caramel malt.

Taste. Sour cherries, dry tannic wood and leather, some sweet caramel and dry earthy funk with just a hint of spicy Belgian yeast.

Mouthfeel. Medium+ body, medium carbonation, faint warmth in the back of the throat.

Overall. Nice (and big) Flanders style sour with a good amount of fruit flavour. Anxious to try the 3 bi-year vertical in the cellar now.

12-27-2012 21:21:45 | More by Rutager
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kojevergas

Texas

3.68/5  rDev -12.4%

2012 reserve. Best after 8/20/13. 11.4%. Brown glass bottle with waxed over cap served into a Guinness goblet in a tasting in me gaff in high altitude Castle Rock, Colorado. Reviewed live. Expectations are through the roof. Cost was $14.49.

Served straight from the refrigerator and allowed to warm over the course of consumption. Side-poured with standard vigor as no carbonation issues are anticipated.

A: Pours a two finger head, fairly thin, of decent cream, and good retention. Body colour is a semitransparent amber-auburn. No yeast particles are visible. No bubble show.

Sm: Tart raspberry and cherry, bright fruit esters, amber malts, and excellent fruit esters. An average strength aroma.

T: Restrained tartness and bacteria. Very muted wild yeast. Balanced and enjoyable. Really pleasant. Too restrained. Balanced but a bit underwhelming. I wanted more. Built well.

Mf: Smooth and wet. Excellent carbonation. Great thickness. Good presence on the palate.

Dr: Very drinkable and enjoyable. I'd have this again, but it's not an ideal sour. I've had far better. A tasty sour, but not Deschutes' beer.

High B

12-24-2012 05:19:45 | More by kojevergas
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kaseydad

California

4.33/5  rDev +3.1%

2010 vintage. Best after 11/01/11.

Nice carbonation on this beast. Can already get the cherry whiffs as soon as the cap is lifted. Pours a slightly murky brown/burgandy with a beige foamy head. Nice foam that hangs on throughout session.

The aroma is big time berry, tart cherry and light vinegar. Getting a lot of green olive too. Was a little worried about the green olive taste but worrying was not necessary.

The taste is acidic with some nice sour cherry and oak as the main components. A smidge of vinegar but the blend of the sour and oak is great. Not overly bitter or sour. A light sweetness on the finish. Oak aftertaste. The wine flavors are definitely there as well. Very flavorful.

Mouthfeel is good. Again, nicely carbonated after two years of bottle conditioning. The harshness is minimal like some Flanders can be.

Overall...believe the hype. This is a great beer and one of the best Sours that incorporates a ton of flavor and keeps a little sweetness in the mix. No way this is 11.4%. Deceptively drinkable and the palate fatigue just is not there.

Great beer.

12-23-2012 18:39:14 | More by kaseydad
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CaliMark

California

4.5/5  rDev +7.1%

12-18-2012 00:50:28 | More by CaliMark
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adkieffer

Washington

4.5/5  rDev +7.1%

12-17-2012 22:57:52 | More by adkieffer
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JRBecks

Illinois

4.5/5  rDev +7.1%

12-17-2012 16:06:57 | More by JRBecks
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throwback

Ohio

4.5/5  rDev +7.1%

12-17-2012 03:31:46 | More by throwback
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vrbulldog22

Ohio

4.25/5  rDev +1.2%

12-17-2012 01:45:06 | More by vrbulldog22
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teddyarrowhead

Oregon

4.25/5  rDev +1.2%

12-16-2012 04:37:00 | More by teddyarrowhead
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Stevie_Janowski

Illinois

4.75/5  rDev +13.1%

12-16-2012 03:22:29 | More by Stevie_Janowski
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HaveUSeenMyCellar

California

4.25/5  rDev +1.2%

12-15-2012 06:36:00 | More by HaveUSeenMyCellar
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irishgreensoda

Washington

3.75/5  rDev -10.7%

12-14-2012 14:12:51 | More by irishgreensoda
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Archemedies

Massachusetts

4/5  rDev -4.8%

12-12-2012 20:29:47 | More by Archemedies
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StevenStevens

Oregon

5/5  rDev +19%

12-12-2012 18:05:22 | More by StevenStevens
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claytong

Vermont

4.25/5  rDev +1.2%

12-12-2012 05:41:30 | More by claytong
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RashyGrillCook

California

3.75/5  rDev -10.7%

12-12-2012 01:01:00 | More by RashyGrillCook
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Rfunk

California

4.5/5  rDev +7.1%

12-10-2012 05:03:24 | More by Rfunk
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NWer

Washington

4.75/5  rDev +13.1%

12-08-2012 23:29:59 | More by NWer
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cdwil

Texas

4.5/5  rDev +7.1%

12-08-2012 21:17:39 | More by cdwil
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Kopfschuss

Oregon

4.5/5  rDev +7.1%

12-07-2012 17:58:35 | More by Kopfschuss
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bsuedekum

Missouri

4/5  rDev -4.8%

12-05-2012 01:42:16 | More by bsuedekum
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mdaschaf

Washington

4.08/5  rDev -2.9%

2012 Vintage.

A: Pours a purple/burgundy color with a small off-white head that reduces quickly and leaves little lacing.

S: Slight acidity, a little red wine, some cherry and stone fruit. Faint tartness with a little sweetness on the finish.

T: Quite vinegary with some cherry and raspberry, its rather wine like and tannic. There is some oak and a bit of vanilla and red grapes.

M: Medium bodied with moderate carbonation, slightly dry finish. On the acetic side.

O: Pretty good, not a sour as I'd hoped, but really like how the oak comes through and how forward the vanilla is. Excited to give it a try after the best by date.

12-03-2012 04:49:36 | More by mdaschaf
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flaran

California

4.58/5  rDev +9%

2008 bottle, purchased last week at Toronado SF Abyss Night.

Appearance: Beautiful clear ruddy brown, with lots of lace from the lively head.

Smell: Sweet, funky, tart smell.

Taste: Fruity and funky, awesome cherry flavor. Moderate acidity, sweet finish. Some of the wine comes through but it is well balanced. The alcohol on this one (9%) comes through a bit, though in a good way. I wonder how the 2012 at 2% higher ABV will end up tasting..

Mouthfeel: That lively, happy, bubbly head comes through in the mouthfeel. Acidity from the barrel aging comes through distinctly.

Overall: This is the best American take on the Oud Bruin style I've had. It is delicious and well balanced at this age, though I wonder how it was after a year. I enjoy the prominent acidity, so I definitely want to hold onto a 2012 or two to have in 2016.

12-03-2012 01:32:58 | More by flaran
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DavidST

Texas

4.23/5  rDev +0.7%

Poured from a 22oz bottle into a tulip glass, 2012 version, best after 8/20/13. This pours a slightly cloudy reddish brown color with a fizzy tan head which fizzes away to a little film. The smells are great, you get some obvious sour notes, vinegar, a load of cherries, some barnyard funk, some white grape, some obvious alcohol. The feel is medium. The taste is amazing, Deschutes knows how to make a beer, you get some bitterness, a little brett, some sour notes, vinegar, some cherries, the alcohol is also present though and a little age wouldn't hurt this.

12-01-2012 04:57:58 | More by DavidST
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gtermi

Texas

4.73/5  rDev +12.6%

A: The beer pours a brownish amber body with a thin tan head that quickly fades and leaves a tiny bit of lacing on the glass.

S: Strong amount of cherries hit me right in the face! There is also a nice strong sour smell that tingles the nose. It sort of has a bubble gum smell too

T: Like the taste, there is a good amount of cherries. There is also a nice sound of sourness that turns into a sweet fruity flavor. This is seriously one of the best beers that I have ever tasted

M: There is a tingle on the jaws that come from the sour. There is also a little bit of carbonation on the back of the throat as the beer goes down.

O: Deschutes does it again! Man this is one bad ass beer that instantly becomes one of my favorites of all time. I can't wait to try this beer after the "Best After" date

12-01-2012 04:14:32 | More by gtermi
The Dissident from Deschutes Brewery
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